Ides of May

Dorasan Station

Dorasan Station

This was part of a large sign with names of donors who helped build Dorasan Station, the last stop before entering North Korea by train. The rail line was used at one point for a joint economic venture between North and South. In 2008, The North Koreans shut the program down and closed the border after […]


Peace Village of The North

Peace Village of The North

I took a day trip to the DMZ which is the 2.5 mile (heavily fortified) buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. It was cold, windy, and pouring rain. It just felt like a bad place. The village in the distance is called Kijong-dong or “Peace Village” but our American GI tour guides told us everyone […]


Disposables

Disposables

It’s a shame to me that most of the goods and products we buy have such a short lifespan.


Utility

Utility

 


Soiled and Tattered

Soiled and Tattered

My personal work has a tendency to be quiet, moody, even a little on the dark side. Yet, I shoot mostly bright, happy, beautiful things for my clients. I suppose it’s a ying-yang kind of thing: To know happiness, you need to know sadness.


Through the Haze

Through the Haze

Though I shot this a while ago, I do remember that even in reality the angles of this building defied logic. As you walked under it, you felt like it was going to topple over. It was just too big for where it was built.


This Way

This Way

When I ran into this sign, I headed out in the direction it was pointing. For me, that’s what photo walks are all about. Taking cues from around you and seeing where it take you. I love doing this in foreign countries, especially when the language (or characters) mean nothing to me. You really don’t […]


Hope – Seoul 2012

Hope - Seoul 2012

Another symbolic shot of the North-South divide in Korea. There’s always hope things will get better.


Korea Divided – Seoul 2012

Korea Divided - Seoul 2012

I took this shot because to me it symbolized the division of North and South Korea. The South is bustling with industry and urbanism. The North is a mysterious place obscured by rumors and propaganda. During my trip to South Korea last year, I couldn’t help but feel this divide all around me. It was […]


Le Buci – Paris, France

Le Buci - Paris, France

The last few years have been all about work, getting more work, and shooting lots of work. Which is great and I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to have great clients that hire me all the time. But lately, I’ve had a feeling that something is missing in my career. It’s like […]


Twenty Years of Picture Making

Twenty Years of Picture Making

Today is my 36th birthday. Which means, 20 years ago I took my first black and white photography class in high school. Though I chose photography as career only 12 years ago, there’s something about the picture making process that has fascinated me since the beginning. I think what I like most about photography is […]


Iconic Photos of Portland for the Nike Community Store

Iconic Photos of Portland for the Nike Community Store

[portfolio_slideshow] Special slideshow post! Click on the photo to advance. About a month ago, I was commissioned by Instrument to shoot stills alongside a film production crew on a project highlighting the remodel of the Nike Community Store on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR. But this project wasn’t just another commercial gig. There’s a great story […]


A Local Joint – Seoul, South Korea

A Local Joint - Seoul, South Korea

A few months ago, I took a short trip to South Korea for my wife’s business Lauren Brooks Photography. If you don’t know this already, Lauren is an amazing photographer and I’ve had the pleasure of being her second shooter for the past 7 years at all her wedding gigs. I think what’s most incredible […]


Up the Spiral

Up the Spiral

Busy week! I’ve got some cool blog posts in the works, but for now enjoy this twirling wonder of Parisian Architecture. This spiral staircase is located at Panthéon and leads down to the crypt that is the final resting place of many French artists, politicians, scientists, and military heros. It’s a pretty amazing place. That spiral goes […]


Flight (Diptych)

Flight (Diptych)

I’ve been looking at these two photos for a while now and thought I would post them separately. They are some of my favorite shots from our trip to London last fall. I  was trying to decide which one I liked better and kept flipping back and forth between the two. Then I put them side […]


Lady in Blue Walking Through

Lady in Blue Walking Through

One thing that is nice about shooting film, (Kodak Portra 400 in this instance) is that it is what it is. With digital, especially RAW files, you have to always tweak something. Add a little contrast, desaturate the reds, add clarity, etc. etc. True, you can tweak film scans, but the basic color and tonal […]


X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Big images are back! I’m very excited about this latest tweak to the photoblog portion of my blog. I like the 2 column sidebar layout for my normal blog posts, but for my fine art work, I really wanted to have bigger images. It took a little fancy PHP “if this {”  and “else {” […]


The Curved Staircase #1 & #2

The Curved Staircase #1 & #2

We took the Metro to the Louvre, so I didn’t see this entrance staircase until I was leaving. It’s really a pretty incredible feat of engineering. The spiral staircase floats around a column that doubles as an elevator and connects the outside courtyard to the belly of the museum. Definitely go in this way if […]


Looking Through the Pyramid

Looking Through the Pyramid

I finally got to visit the Louvre on our most recent trip to Paris. The museum is huge and holds an incredible collection of art, I barely scratched the surface of what’s there. I did get to see some of the famous works including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory of Samothrace. […]


Lomo and Me

Lomo and Me

An interesting feeling happened to me while I was in Paris. It’s a little hard to describe, but I just wasn’t feeling my camera. I was enjoying being there and the first day or two I had fun shooting. But very quickly, I realized I wasn’t enjoying lugging around a body and three pro lenses […]


Trocadéro

Trocadéro

As you may or may not know, Lauren and I took a little trip across the pond to Paris and London last month. Going in November, we were expected cold and rain. Instead we were treated with blue skies, sun, and even some warm days. Over the next week or so, I’ll be sharing some […]


Road Trip 2

Road Trip 2

I can’t imagine traveling anywhere now without a GPS like my trusty Garmin here. We took the long way home from a shoot the other week and traveled through a beautiful part of Eastern Washington. Neither of us had been in that area before and it was well worth the detour. Shooting landscapes in motion […]


Kicks on Route 97

Kicks on Route 97

If you need a pair of shoes, I know a great tree just outside of Madras, OR.


The Backyard

The Backyard

It’s finally sort of becoming summer around here. Still have cool temps, but at least it’s stopped raining every day. We had something like 14 inches of rain between April & May. Our average is 7 for that same time period. On the bright side, all our plants and garden are very happy this year. […]


 

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